Addicks see off Spurs
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: 16/03/05 9:45pm
Charlton Athletic moved into the top seven of The Premiership with a hard fought 2-0 win over Tottenham at The Valley.
The Addicks claimed victory thanks to two special goals, once in each half from Jerome Thomas and Danny Murphy - both of which were good enough to win any game.
Spurs could easily have levelled, especially in the first half, but they ran out of gas soon after and Charlton claimed a vital win in the hunt for a Uefa Cup spot.
A scintillating opening period sparked into life as early as the fourth minute when Murphy charged into the back of Michael Brown.
That challenge seemed to set the tone for the game as challenges came flying in, without being too malicious, and the action romped its way from end to end.
Spurs coach Martin Jol would have insisted on full concentration in the opening minutes to make sure his side did not fall behind to an early goal as they did to their cost at Newcastle on Sunday - but his players obviously did not take heed.
With just six minutes gone Spurs found themselves behind to fantastic individual goal. The ball came to Thomas 30 yards out and he came back inside Noe Pamarot on his right foot and unleashed an unstoppable drive past Paul Robinson and into the net off the far post.
Spurs immediately countered, though, and should have been level as Andy Reid - playing on the right - found room and crossed with his usual pin-point accuracy for fellow Irish star Robbie Keane, but he could only direct his header wide when he should have at least tested Dean Kiely.
Both teams contributed to a fast flowing game, although it was Spurs looking the more likely and Fredi Kanoute should have scored, as again a Reid cross from the right into the six-yard box saw the Malian only needing to find a touch - but he missed the ball with the goal at his mercy.
Brown fired spectacularly over and Keane fired straight at Kiely as Spurs continued to have the better of things.
Charlton were still playing their part in proceedings and should have extended their lead as nice move saw Murphy break clear, he had the chance to lay the ball on for Shaun Bartlett, but he opted to goal for goal and his attempted 20-yard chip was deflected wide.
Keane had the first meaningful attempt of the second period five minutes in, but he fired straight at Kiely.
Again Tottenham continued to press, but Charlton were looking more menacing themselves.
On the hour, Jol decided it was time for Jermain Defoe to enter the fray and he did to a chorus of boos - with the Charlton fans still unhappy with the way the England striker left for West Ham as a teenager.
The introduction of Defoe did not have the desired effect as the diminutive star failed to even get a touch for five minutes and thereafter he did little with it when he did.
Spurs did come close from a set-piece as Reid fired a 30-yard free kick at goal and Charlton were more than relieved to see Bartlett back on the line and he header clear.
Bartlett later went off through injury, as did Rommedahl and Thomas as Alan Curbishley was forced to ring the changes.
Then just as the game was embarking on its scrappiest period thus far, a moment of genius from Murphy ended the game as a contest.
The rambunctious Pamarot, who was probably lucky not to see red for a succession of clumsy challenges, brought down Hermann Hreidarsson on the edge of the area after a rare foray forward from the Icelander.
The ball was in prime position from Murphy and he brilliantly curled the ball over the Spurs wall and in-off the post leaving a static Robinson with little chance.
The win sees Charlton move seventh and puts a four point cushion between themselves and Spurs who remain in ninth.
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